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  1. Comment on Return to Monkey Island | Launch trailer in ~games

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    All the games have different styles and this is fine. I remember Escape being praised for how it looked, in fact. It was the style at the time.

    All the games have different styles and this is fine. I remember Escape being praised for how it looked, in fact. It was the style at the time.

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  2. Comment on Reddit CEO Steve Huffman discusses how he wants every subreddit to be its own media company and he wants to see money being exchanged from users to users and users to subreddits in ~tech

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    Honestly it reads to me like a straight up transposition onto reddit of the monetization model that has been envisioned for the various competing alternatives for the "Metaverse" by Zuckerberg and...

    Honestly it reads to me like a straight up transposition onto reddit of the monetization model that has been envisioned for the various competing alternatives for the "Metaverse" by Zuckerberg and his ilk.

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  3. Comment on We played tag across Europe | Jet Lag: The Game in ~hobbies

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    Seems difficult to find a hotel where the cheapest stay is over $500, but it would be easier if asking for a suite, apartment or multi person room in general. The underestimation at Calais was...

    Seems difficult to find a hotel where the cheapest stay is over $500, but it would be easier if asking for a suite, apartment or multi person room in general.

    The underestimation at Calais was funny too. I suspect our small towns and suburbs are denser than you might see in most of the US. You can pack a lot of people in those french four story buildings...

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  4. Comment on What's a video game that you really want to exist? in ~games

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    Yeah I was thinking more of the system for generating and naming the unique decks, but I would manage the economy for this game idea entirely online, I think.

    Yeah I was thinking more of the system for generating and naming the unique decks, but I would manage the economy for this game idea entirely online, I think.

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  5. Comment on What's a video game that you really want to exist? in ~games

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    Not an MMORPG, and probably too simplistic and not very satisfying, but in Ni no Kuni 2, which you play as a young prince and his japanese minister isekai advisor, you derive progression and...

    Not an MMORPG, and probably too simplistic and not very satisfying, but in Ni no Kuni 2, which you play as a young prince and his japanese minister isekai advisor, you derive progression and benefits from growing and developing your city. (I'm also waiting for Palia.)

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  6. Comment on What's a video game that you really want to exist? in ~games

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    This idea seems like it could easily be built on top of the Keyforge system by adding just the deck replication mechanics (fairly easy). I'd love to see it. Should we call Richard Garfield?

    This idea seems like it could easily be built on top of the Keyforge system by adding just the deck replication mechanics (fairly easy). I'd love to see it. Should we call Richard Garfield?

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  7. Comment on What's a video game that you really want to exist? in ~games

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    Not exactly what you want but if you want to decipher a written alien language you might like the archaeology game Heaven's Vault .

    Not exactly what you want but if you want to decipher a written alien language you might like the archaeology game Heaven's Vault .

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  8. Comment on Hi, how are you? Mental health support and discussion thread (September 2022) in ~talk

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    I had no idea what this was, maybe I shouldn't have clicked through to that wikipedia article someone wrote about me...

    I had no idea what this was, maybe I shouldn't have clicked through to that wikipedia article someone wrote about me...

  9. Comment on Who are your favorite Twitch musicians? in ~music

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    Tier 1 recomendations Prog Rock Piano Bar is a very friendly multi instrumental musician from NY who focuses on classic prog rock in this channel although he'll play other songs if you donate for...

    Tier 1 recomendations

    Prog Rock Piano Bar is a very friendly multi instrumental musician from NY who focuses on classic prog rock in this channel although he'll play other songs if you donate for it. Professionally he has played gigs and weddings (he knows a lot of dirty toasts ;) and over 3000 songs). Streams mondays and wednesdays on a normal week. Think he's Mandy Prater's friend.

    A Couple Streams (AeSeaEs) are a couple from Texas who sing and play stringed instruments to very chill covers of a vast range of songs as well as their own originals. Insanely good voices too, Allie's might be the very best on Twitch. I think they've been on break working on an album unfortunately, but I've been listening to them for years and they're generally very reliable. Cool christmas day stream every year! EDIT: Allie has been ill, but they're returning today with a restricted song list to reduce strain on her voice.

    You probably already know of lara6683, an australian pianist who plays music from videogames and movies, including medleys. She does live learns as well. She can pump out piano arrangements like it's nothing and is very popular.

    I also listen to Joliet4.

    Tier 2 recommendations - mainly because they're difficult for me to catch online, but just as good:

    Jenny Colquitt is a british singer and multi instrumentalist from the UK with several original songs under her belt. If you like joliet's voice you might like hers as well. I'm not sure what she's been up to, doesn't seem to have streamed in the last couple of weeks. Could be working on an album.

    Steve Forward is a highly skilled british guitarrist who plays mainstream classic rock and prog rock. Very nice visual production with camera angles and transitions if you're actually watching the stream. I think his repertoire is a little small and he always seems to stream while I'm away or listening to someone else...

    Johnny and Heidi are a talented couple originally from the Nashville country music scene, who both sing and I think he plays guitar and she plays the piano, having trouble remembering exactly; he's an industry veteran who has worked on various popular releases and she's a top tier singer. They play all sorts of covers (not just country) and their streams are usually long variety events with musical challenges, trivia and other minigames with the twitch chat. Very friendly environment. Unfortunately not only do they usually stream too late for it to be convenient for me, they don't seem to have streamed recently (might be on tour or vacation).

    Loopers

    I'm not a huge fan of loopers, since the process of creating a loop tends to irritate me on a fundamental level (I can't stand repeating complex sounds). However I can partake of these in small doses and they deserve a mention:

    Joshua Woo streams frequently and reliably. Fun and high energy, covers all sorts of things, notably he has an amazing vocal range capable of covering Queen songs.

    ortoPilot is also a very friendly and upbeat stream. Very talented musician.

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  10. Comment on JK Rowling furious to hear monarch has transitioned to a man in ~lgbt

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    The whole article is pretty good!

    The whole article is pretty good!

    “I will not be silenced anymore,” said the world’s most published author.

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  11. Comment on The problem with mini-maps in ~games.game_design

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    If IMAX can do the trick for some people I imagine it's what MimicSquid wrote, about peripheral vision. I really have to try a Pimax headset someday.

    If IMAX can do the trick for some people I imagine it's what MimicSquid wrote, about peripheral vision. I really have to try a Pimax headset someday.

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  12. Comment on The problem with mini-maps in ~games.game_design

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    So you're saying this is perfectly solved by existing technology (high FOV VR), which is cool! I'm still waiting patiently for a new VR headset to be released whose specs are worth the price...

    So you're saying this is perfectly solved by existing technology (high FOV VR), which is cool! I'm still waiting patiently for a new VR headset to be released whose specs are worth the price (non-Meta).

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  13. Comment on The problem with mini-maps in ~games.game_design

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    That's a very interesting idea. Could you elaborate on what exactly you mean by big, though? There are games with some very large open worlds - why do they not feel big? Is it fast travel?...

    That's a very interesting idea. Could you elaborate on what exactly you mean by big, though? There are games with some very large open worlds - why do they not feel big? Is it fast travel? Normally players don't want to traverse them in real time, since it takes forever. It takes forever in VR, too, if your walking speed is too slow. Or is it about something else, such as being able to reach a place you see in the distance? Don't VR headset resolution limits get in the way of immersion when you can "see" things that are too far away?

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  14. Comment on Cloudflare blocks Kiwifarms in ~tech

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    I'm not sure I understand your position regarding private companies - Are you sure it's wise to have such an uncompromising view of the independence of private businesses? Doesn't this open the...

    I'm not sure I understand your position regarding private companies - Are you sure it's wise to have such an uncompromising view of the independence of private businesses? Doesn't this open the doors for all kinds of abuse? Would you feel comfortable if Cloudflare was refusing service on the basis of me not being straight? What if they demanded you participate in a specific tax evasion scheme? All manner of intervention and restrictions on private business are the norm in most democracies. Can the free market truly be trusted to balance things out if we stick to such an extreme position as "businesses can and should have the right to refuse to do business with whomever they want for whatever reason they want"?

    I'm not trying to be deliberately obtuse here, it's just that your argument feels equally simplistic to me. A quick search yields information pointing toward Cloudflare being extremely dominant in their market segment (at least as of 2021). Maybe they are "Not Yet A Monopoly," but from what I'm aware there simply isn't any comparable service with a free tier capable of providing an effective layer of protection for large websites. With Cloudflare becoming so ubiquitous, it becomes the de facto solution for mitigating large scale attacks, and being excluded from it makes it extremely financially risky to operate a large service online (this is the playbook of every anticompetitive company ever - overwhelm everybody else and muscle them out).

    This is a common problem with large technology companies. They are inserting themselves into our lives to a degree incomparable with that of businesses in other markets, and which makes me very uncomfortable given precisely the status quo by which they are allowed to do whatever they want and treat people however they want. Can a typical business survive being excluded from the online space in 2022? Can an individual? What about a political affiliation? We know for a fact that in certain democratic countries the mass media have been used as a powerful tool for eroding that same democracy, because they are owned by biased, partisan people with an agenda that more often than not doesn't align with the best interests of the citizens of those countries. I'm not going to name any Rupert Murdo-- oops too late ;) In countries with no real democracy, the local strongperson is quick to impose censorship and severely restrict internet access. Why? I believe a free and neutral internet can be a good thing. It allows ideals of tolerance, equality, even kindness to blossom in a way that may not always be possible or visible to the masses otherwise - in a way that doesn't require the permission of any media mogul. It's not about allowing the nazis to nazi things up, but about preserving an ideological escape hatch for the increasingly rigid and radicalized outside world. When certain tech companies are placing themselves in a position of absolute control over the internet - even if only as a group - then the internet becomes just as vulnerable as traditional media.

    I'm not necessarily advocating for nationalizing these companies or anything like that. But I believe governments have a duty to assign responsability to private businesses in direct proportion with their involvement in people's lives and their potential impact on freedom and democracy. I believe Adys feels the same, but I wanted to try to put this into concrete words.

    All this being said, in the state where we are right now and given the stated failure of the US government to do their job on multiple levels, I'm wholly behind Cloudflare's decision. Right now, it seems like it's up to them, and as there is absolutely no requirement for them to provide service to the aforementioned website... I don't see how they could morally have done anything else.

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  15. Comment on The problem with mini-maps in ~games.game_design

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    I wonder why that is. What's missing? Smells? A sense of temperature? The inherent boredom of having to go everywhere in real time? Or is it a solvable problem? Is it because you can't look around...

    When you walk through a game world, you get a very poor representation of what it's like to be in that world.

    I wonder why that is. What's missing? Smells? A sense of temperature? The inherent boredom of having to go everywhere in real time?

    Or is it a solvable problem? Is it because you can't look around freely in first person? Because the surroundings are insufficiently unique (as mentioned in the video)? Maybe the ambient noises aren't good enough?

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  16. Comment on What do you collect? in ~hobbies

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    Probably boring but I suppose I have large quantities of books, indie games and anime fansubs. I like reading the books and playing the games and I expect they are useful for replaying and...

    Probably boring but I suppose I have large quantities of books, indie games and anime fansubs.

    I like reading the books and playing the games and I expect they are useful for replaying and re-reading, or lending to friends and family (this has happened, including games through steam family sharing). From observation, I play a much larger part of my game collection than most people.

    I'm fairly certain some anime fansubs will be lost forever if not archived; this has already happened with a couple of the ones I had in a hard drive lost to humidity damage (impossible to find them again).

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  17. Comment on 4.2 gigabytes, or: how to draw anything in ~creative

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    I fooled around with this a lot today (actually installed everything on my computer). It works nicely and can yield some incredible results. It can also produce some garbage tier nonsense if you...

    I fooled around with this a lot today (actually installed everything on my computer). It works nicely and can yield some incredible results. It can also produce some garbage tier nonsense if you give it the wrong prompts - it feels like it will be the same type of skill as knowing how to look things up on google. Which words to use, how to phrase things, how to iterate on an image to get the desired results.

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  18. Comment on Critics and fans have never disagreed more about movies in ~movies

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    This is not an unreasonable expectation! I can't load this article for some reason but based on the headline I have to side with the critics here. Hollywood feels very stale in recent years.

    or were actually well done

    This is not an unreasonable expectation!

    I can't load this article for some reason but based on the headline I have to side with the critics here. Hollywood feels very stale in recent years.

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  19. Comment on Architecture in video games: Designing for impact in ~games.game_design

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    I did not know The Witness had the benefit of a team of architects working in the level design but I've always had an incredibly high opinion of it, and now it makes more sense why it's so good.

    I did not know The Witness had the benefit of a team of architects working in the level design but I've always had an incredibly high opinion of it, and now it makes more sense why it's so good.

    4 votes
  20. Comment on What's an underrated, cancelled, or largely forgotten show that you really love? in ~tv

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    I quite liked Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, which has nothing to do with the source material. It was cancelled after two seasons and no one I talk to has ever watched it or seems to get...

    I quite liked Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, which has nothing to do with the source material. It was cancelled after two seasons and no one I talk to has ever watched it or seems to get around to watching it which is too bad.

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